May 8, 2015: Holly River State Park, Webster County
Holly River State Park was the site for the stocking of trout from the schools who participate in Trout in the Classroom Program. Rock Cave Elementary fourth graders and Hacker Valley Elementary fifth graders spent an education filled day culminating in the stocking of fingerlings raised in their classrooms. Mature rainbows, brook, brown and golden trout were all released by both schools. The golden trout were stocked in memory of Pam McCourt, an educator in Upshur County who was an avid outdoors woman.
Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program in which students raise trout from eggs to fingerlings. Students also monitor tank water quality, engage in stream habitat study and learn to appreciate water resources. During the year, teachers tailor the program to fit curricular needs. TIC has interdisciplinary applications in science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, fine arts, and physical education.
This hands-on experience allows students to grow and understand ecosystems with West Virginia trout. Rock Cave Elementary students in Ms. Shannon’s fourth grade class and the fifth grade students in Mr. Cutlip’s class from Hacker Valley Elementary released their trout fingerlings raised in their respective classrooms. Rock Cave Elementary is in its sixth year of participation and was joined this year by Hacker Valley Elementary who began Trout in Classroom this school year. All students participated in the educational stations led by the supporting partners. A fly casting demonstration was provided by Mr. Bailess, who is also a teacher at Hacker Valley Elementary.
In each participating state, Trout in the Classroom is funded by a number of generous supporters and made richer through varied partnerships. Without the support of these partnerships, this program would not be as successful as it is. With the ongoing support of WVDNR, WVDEP, WVU Extension Office, Trout Unlimited, and Williams Energy, this program hopes to grow and expand to other schools in both counties.
Representing each of our partners were:
Kevin Yokum, Williams Energy
Jeff Craig, WVDNR Police
Jim Walker, WVDNR Fisheries
Callie Sams, WVDEP
Craig Presar, WVU Extension Office
Jack Williams, Trout Unlimited
Frank Williams, WVDNR, Bowden Hatchery
Hodgesville Elementary School students and staff celebrated National Volunteer Week by treating their volunteers to a brunch on April 17, 2015. Each classroom presented a thank you skit while the volunteers enjoyed donuts and other breakfast foods. We wanted the volunteers to know "We DONUT we'd do without you!"
Each volunteer also left with a care package of donuts and a pinwheel saying "thank you." Everyone at HES truly appreciates all the hard work our volunteers do to make our school the best!
Janet L. Phillips, NBCT
Students at Hodgesville Elementary were treated to a special Science lesson from NASA employee, Jessie White. Third, fourth, and fifth graders learned all about the physics of building a rocket to start off their day. Then small groups of students used their newly gained knowledge to build rockets. Even the teachers put their skills to work building a rocket.
The finale came when the entire student body gathered outside to watch each rocket launch! The school wide winning rocket traveled over 205 feet. In addition to learning all about science, Mr. White challenged the students to set their goals high and work to achieve them and to not allow anyone to tell them their dreams are impossible.
Janet L. Phillips, NBCT
Professionals from our community shared with all Rock Cave Elementary School students the importance of staying in school and completing their high school diploma and going on for further training and specializations.
Students heard from Banks District Fire Department, WVDNR, Corp of Engineers, Upshur County Emergency Squad and a nurse midwife.
Pictures from the RCES Career Day held on April 10th, 2015:
Rock Cave Elementary School recently had a Title I parent involvement activity titled "Artistic Arithmetic". Following a dinner, parents broke into groups for K-2 and 3-5 where teachers shared more about NxGen math, Number Talks, math strategies, Touch Math and online resources. Their final station was an art activity with Mr. Bender. All present painted a sunset after listening and following Mr. Bender's directions.
Everyone had a nice time, especially Grace Snider, as she won the tablet that was given away.
Parent Involvement activites are ongoing throughout the school year to encourage parents and families to support instruction at home for increased learning for the students.
RCES recently held a parent involvement activity to orient parents to the upcoming Smarter-Balanced Assessment. Grades K-5 have been preparing for several months and parents were recently introduced by taking and reviewing practice tests, watching how teachers have been preparing students with performance tasks and website resources for further information.
This assessment now known as the WV-MAP (West Virginia Measure of Academic Performance), will be administered to students in grades 3-11 across the state beginning in just a few short weeks.
Preparation for this and future summative assessments is the responsibility of the school and student families, and we appreciate all the parents that participated this day.
Mrs. Carpenter's, Ms. Shannon, Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Kraynok's classes are pictured below.